Laredo Decubitus Ulcer Attorney
Helping Victims of Healthcare Negligence Get the Recovery They Deserve
Decubitus ulcers, also known as bedsores or pressure sores, are a risk for anyone who is admitted to a hospital, lives in a nursing home, or has limited mobility in general. Decubitus ulcers are known as one of the most common injuries occurring in healthcare settings, yet they develop at alarming rates. Estimates suggest that as many as three million people develop decubitus ulcers each year.
Decubitus ulcers start out as inflammation and may be more irritating than concerning. If not properly treated, however, this minor complication can quickly progress into a dangerous, even life-threatening situation. There are four stages of decubitus ulcers, and once wounds progress into the third and fourth stage, medical intervention is necessary to prevent infection, preserve the affected part of the body, and in many cases, save the patient’s life.
Decubitus ulcers are preventable and manageable by following standard practices.
Because decubitus ulcers are considered preventable, they really should never be allowed to progress beyond the first stage. Healthcare providers and caregivers should be trained to recognize risk factors, identify possible ulcers, and attend to the wound per healthcare guidelines. Ulcers that do progress into later stages could be a sign of medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, or neglect.
At Brown, Christie & Green, our Laredo decubitus ulcer attorney has managed numerous cases involving ulcers that developed or progressed due to negligent care. It is our mission to protect the legal rights of victims of healthcare negligence. If you have been injured as a result of substandard or negligent care, we can help you fight for the recovery you deserve.
- Stage One: Skin is intact, but inflamed.
- Stage Two: Skin is open, with a shallow wound, and may appear blistered.
- Stage Three: Open wound with tissue loss down to the fatty layer of tissue.
- Stage Four: Open wound with tissue loss down to tendon, muscle, or bone.
If you have been injured by negligence in a hospital or nursing home, you deserve to know your legal rights!
Study Reveals Bedsores are Potentially Fatal
According to a study conducted by the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2013, seniors who develop bedsores are more likely to die while at the hospital. In addition, patients with bedsores are also more likely to have a longer hospital stay and be admitted more than once.
The study, which can be now be found in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, followed over 50,000 elderly patients in hospitals across the U.S. The study followed these patients between 2006 and 2007. The results suggested that the majority of patients who were admitted to the hospital with bedsores had experienced previous chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, diabetes, and pulmonary disease.
At least 4.5 percent of bedsores were acquired while staying in the hospital. However, it’s important to note that bedsores are also an overwhelming problem in nursing homes across the nation. Close to 3,000 of the patients included in the study already had bedsores before their hospital stay. These sores could have originated while in a nursing home. They could also signal a history of abuse and neglect, improper care by loved ones, or other pre-existing conditions.
Keep in mind that if your loved one has developed a bedsore due to hospital or nursing home neglect you may entitled to financial compensation. An experienced bedsore attorney will be able to assist you in identifying what options you have. At Brown, Christie & Green, our team of award-winning lawyers have helped numerous victims win their cases.